360 Camera Review – Ricoh Theta S vs Samsung Gear 360 (2016)

360 Camera Review – Ricoh Theta S vs Samsung Gear 360 (2016)

https://youtu.be/L2nKzjI1DGw Recently, I got a chance to play with the Samsung Gear 360 thanks to a Streetview loan from Google. I've had the Ricoh Theta S for a while and love it. The only drawback is that it only shoots 1920x1080 video, which doesn't look good with 360 videos. The Samsung Gear 360 shoots 4k, so I thought it would be a better camera. It was not. In any way, shape or form. Ok, it shoots 4k, that's the only way, shape or form. Form factor is horrible because it's a ball and hard to hold and use. Luckily, this has been fixed for the 2017 version. The Gear 360 app is horrible. Terrible. Atrocious. It takes forever to stitch photos and video. If you attempt to do it all from the phone, it actually won't give you a 4k video, meaning you need a desktop solution. If you're a Mac user, just go cry yourself a river, because most of the desktop (and mobile...
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Rally For Refugees & Immigrants

Rally For Refugees & Immigrants

This past weekend, the Sisters of Mercy in America held a Rally for Refugees and Immigrants. It was the first rally of it's kind in the area since the new administration took. Politics aside, we thought it would be a good chance to grab some 360 photos with the Theta S. We also snapped some regular stills so the organizers would have some photos to share from the day. While the day was cold a windy, it was a bright blue sky, which was great for the Theta S. It works really well in the low light test we've put it through, but had yet to really test it with a bright sun. Usually, you can place the sun in front of your subject for better exposure and not have to worry about the camera underexposing your subject. With a 360 camera, the sun and subject are both going to be captured. The Theta S performed pretty well. If you take a...
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